Austin Schools Pass Trap Shooting League

Posted at: 11/13/2012 9:44 PM
Updated at: 11/13/2012 10:20 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- It's not just cheerleading, basketball, football, or track anymore. Students in Austin have another option when it comes to after school activities.

"I really like shooting and hunting and stuff." That's what brought 8th grader Kelsie Deters to Tuesday night's school board meeting, to show support for a trap shooting league. Though, the proposal didn't need much backing. It passed unanimously by the board.

"It's very exciting for our students and our community who've really worked hard to support this. I think it's another avenue to get our kids involved at Austin High School and Austin Public Schools," said activities director Lisa Quednow-Bickler.

No one at the meeting shot down the idea either. "I think it's great. Both my daughters are going to be in it," said Kelsie's dad, Heath Deters. He thinks it's a great opportunity for students who haven't found a sport that suites them. "If they're not really athletic, they can still be out there and compete," said Heath Deters.

"It's something to get involved with in school and stuff," said Kelsie Deters.

Trap shooting is set to start in April and students appear eager to take part. "We had over 60 students who have kind of shown interest in our office and that's an exciting step forward already," said Quednow-Bickler.

A big question is, how is this safe? We're told each student involved is required to pass a firearm safety course. The league also has very strict rules about fire marshals, who have to be on the course when students are practicing and competing.